Fishing in Reston

Reston's four lakes are available for fishing. Many species of fish may be caught including largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and others. Here are a few simple reminders to help make your fishing experience pleasant:

  • Public docks for fishing include the Lake Anne Village Center dock, the dock by the Lake Thoreau pool at Sunrise Valley Dr., and the dock on Lake Audubon, below the Lake Thoreau dam.
  • Anglers 16 years and older must have a Virginia fishing license.
  • Residents may fish from RA-owned property, which includes the dams on each lake.
  • Much of the shoreline around each lake is private. Please respect the "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" areas indicated by signs.
  • Anglers are encouraged to release grass carp and large bass back into Lakes Audubon and Newport.
  • Please do not litter.

2007 Fish Population Study

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In October of 2007, a two-day fish population survey was conducted on four Reston Association lakes by Aquatic Environment Consultants, Inc. The lakes included in the survey were Lake Newport, Lake Anne, Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon. The purpose of the survey was to collect data on the fish population of each lake, identify any problems and formulate a fisheries management plan for each lake. Data that related to water quality and the fish population was collected.

Management Goal

Each of the four lakes has an established fish population that has reached the carrying capacity for the water body. Our goal is to improve the largemouth bass population and populations of other desirable species in the lake. Improvements are to be made in the growth rates, sizes, numbers and reproductive potential of each species.


Lake Anne, Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau:

  • Aggressively remove largemouth bass 4”-12”
  • Protect largemouth bass 13”-18”
  • Catch and release for grass carp and catfish

Lake Anne

  • Catch and release all fish

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